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Proverbs 23 (New King James Version)

Proverbs 23

1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you;
2 And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,
For they are deceptive food.
4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,[a]
Nor desire his delicacies;
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

“ Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
And waste your pleasant words.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
11 For their Redeemer is mighty;
He will plead their cause against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction,
And your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold correction from a child,
For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
14 You shall beat him with a rod,
And deliver his soul from hell.[b]
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak right things.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear  of the LORD all the day;
18 For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and be wise;
And guide your heart in the way.
20 Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
22 Listen to your father who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it,
Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.
25 Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her who bore you rejoice.
26 My son, give me your heart,
And let your eyes observe my ways.
27 For a harlot is a deep pit,
And a seductress is a narrow well.
28 She also lies in wait as for a victim,
And increases the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions?
Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who linger long at the wine,
Those who go in search of mixed wine.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it swirls around smoothly;
32 At the last it bites like a serpent,
And stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
And your heart will utter perverse things.
34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the  sea,
Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
"They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?"

 

THE ONLY TRUE UNFADING LOVE

“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.” (John 3: 16)

The world is looking and longing for love. As human beings, we need to love and be loved. But the problem is that we are looking for love at the wrong places. We look for it from a parent, from a child, from a sibling, from a spouse, from a lover, from a friend. But our parents grow old and die, our children grow up and live their own lives, our siblings move out and on, our spouses are too busy or too tired, our lovers become bored, our friends are superficial or selfish…….. So who can truly understand the need of our heart and who can meet it? Where is love found?Jesus revealed to Nicodemus the profound insight that love is found in the heart of God. God created man to have fellowship with Him and to love Him. But man sinned against God as a result of which his relationship with God was severed. Since God is a loving Father, He wanted man to reconcile with Him. He wanted to forgive all his sins and to save him from judgment. And so, He gave his one and only Son – the Son whom He loved – the heaven’s most precious Treasure – for the mankind – for us – for you and for me. The Lord gave everything He had in order to offer us eternal life. The Lord did not send His Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:17). He sent His Son to die on the Cross and to shed His blood so that whoever believes in Him will receive mercy and be pardoned. What a great love!

Dear friend, all other love may fail but not God’s love. Do not doubt His love. You may see bad things happening in your life, you may witness injustice, unkindness, misery and suffering in the society. We may not know the reason to all these. But one thing we can know for sure is that God loves us. How do we know that? By just looking at the Cross where He proved His love for the world that mocks Him, despises Him and scorns Him. Let us look at the cross and see the blood of Jesus. There is no better way by which He could show His love - Love which alone is true and unfading, love we can never experience and enjoy elsewhere.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, the love shown by others to me vary at different situations to different degrees. But, Your love never fades. It is pure and eternal. Help me to look at the cross to understand Your immeasurable love for me. In Jesus, name I pray. Amen.

 

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Proverbs 1

The Beginning of Knowledge

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Shun Evil Counsel

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us,
Let us lie in wait to shed blood;
Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause;
12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,[a]
And whole, like those who go down to the Pit;
13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions,
We shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 Cast in your lot among us,
Let us all have one purse”—
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them,
Keep your foot from their path;
16 For their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely, in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird;
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

The Call of Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,[b]
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “ How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “ Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
30 They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

 

 

SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD

“He who spares the rod hates his son. but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24)

I know a mother who always justified the action of her child right from his childhood even when he did something that was blatantly wrong. She even used to comment, "See, how intelligent my son is! He is wise enough to escape unscathed in whatever he does." Today, she is lamenting about the life of her son which has brought shame and pain to her life. What is the reason? She relented to correct her child, and use the rod to mildly punish him so that any unwise thought in his mind could be removed. Instead, she inadvertently put a wrong perspective in his mind by her undue appreciation.

In today's text, we find the wise-man advising a parent to use corrective measures in the right proportion and with the right intention so that the child may be led in such a way to choose the path of righteousness and escape death. We must know that an unbridled horse always goes berserk to its own detriment. Likewise, a child left to his own ways will fall into severe temptations of this evil world and commit sins that may spoil his health, killing him at an early age, bringing untimely death. The second reason why we should correct a child is that by committing sin, he not only corrupts his body but he also dies in his soul, thus bringing condemnation on himself. He has no other choice but to go to the place of eternal condemnation - the hell - and to be tortured in the blazing fire. Yes, a timely chastisement is worth a million, as it will prevent a child from indulging from perilous sins

So, dear friends, it is high time we stop pampering our little children, and start correcting them when they go wrong or do wrong. Let us not think that by doing so we are standing in their way. In fact, we are paving the way for their bright future here and hereafter. May the Lord give us, as responsible parents, the wisdom to save our children from death and hell.

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to teach my children the righteous path they have to take in order to escape eternal hell and condemnation. Let me not think that I should not stand in their way, but let me understand that by correcting them in time I only pave the way for their bright future. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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